- BA from Michigan State University
- MA in English, Writing and Rhetoric from the University of North Carolina Charlotte
- MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Confrontation, Segue, Pangyrus, 1966: a Journal of Creative Nonfiction, Breastfeeding Today, Cold Mountain Review, Writing on the Edge, Women's Health Today, More New Monologues for Women by Women II (Heinemann), Boomtown (Pres 53), WAVES (ARAHO), and elsewhere. My full-length and short plays have been produced on stages in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro, NC. My book, Reading as a Writer: Ten Lessons to Elevate Your Reading and Writing Practice, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in 2021.
The recipient of a 2017 North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, I speak at national writing and teaching conventions, including AWP and the Conference of College Composition and Communication, where I chair the national Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
I am currently revising a memoir about the women in my family learning to live in compromised bodies. I'm also blogging about my daughter’s battle with a disfiguring disease at The Face of Bravery, a WordPress blog.